Jobs Bounce Back

The November jobs report came out this morning; 215,000 payroll jobs were added in November. This indicates that employment has come back strongly from the figures of the last couple of months, which were depressed by hurricanes.

Paul notes below that President Bush’s popularity is bouncing back as well, as measured by a recent Fox News survey. The Rasmussen poll, one of the most reliable in my opinion, never had Bush’s approval rating as low as some of the others; it started rising again several weeks ago and currently stands at 46%.

One of the tricky questions for Democrats is whether Bush’s precipitous decline in the polls during the late summer and early fall was due to their “Bush lied!” campaign, as they hoped, or to the spike in gas prices. No doubt both contributed, but I suspect that gas prices had more to do with it.

For what it’s worth, though, the current Rasmussen poll shows a sharp increase in public confidence in the war on terror. The percentage saying we are winning the war on terror has jumped nine points since mid-October.


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